Salt Spring Apple Co.
Our Apples

Our Top 25

Here they are: our premiere selection of apple varieties. We consider these to be the varieties most likely to consistently produce magnificent and memorable fruit in our Salt Spring Island orchard. Read more


Cider Kings

We definitely don't stop at 25 varieties. In fact, we consider these 17 traditional cider varieties (with a couple of crabs and a diminutive super-juicer thrown in) to be the secret to Real Cider. They're most certainly worth checking out. Read more


The Whole 333

In a world blessed with thousands of apple varieties, not making our Top 25 or Cider Kings lists is hardly cause for embarrassment. Every one of these 333 apples is a winner in our books. Read more

Cotton Sweet

Why you should be excited:

Cotton Sweet was brought from Wales to North Carolina by settlers who clearly thought highly of it.


apple_cottonsweet.JPGThe story of Cotton Sweet:

Whether you know it as Cotton Sweet, plain old Cotton or any of several other names (Large White Sweet, Cotton Bole, Welsh) a few facts about this apple stand out.

First, the various names it’s been known by make it clear that it’s sweet and ‘cotton-white’ in colour.

And second, for Welsh settlers to have brought it along when they immigrated to North Carolina, they must have had quite a high opinion of the variety.

Pretty obscure today, this is definitely an apple to celebrate mainly for its history. Although those who have a particular hankering for super-tender fleshed apples may feel it's more than that.

Cotton Sweet Facts

Its origins:

Its history is unknown before Welsh settlers brought it to North Carolina, perhaps in the early 19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Tender flesh, nice flavour.


A large roundish apple with very pale skin, either yellow or even white.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in mid-September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

We'll let you know when we find out.

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